Idioms about care
- be alert; be careful: Take care that you don't fall on the ice!
- take care of yourself; goodbye: used as an expression of parting.
- to watch over; be responsible for: to take care of an invalid.
- to act on; deal with; attend to: to take care of paying a bill.
Origin of care
synonym study for care
usage note for care
OTHER WORDS FROM carecarer, nounnon·car·ing, adjectiveo·ver·care, nounun·car·ing, adjective
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Other definitions for care (2 of 2)
Origin of CARE
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What is a basic definition of care?
Care means to devote thought to something and consider it important enough to be worthy of concern. Care also means an attention to detail or the supervision and protection of something. Care has several other senses as a noun and a verb.
If you care about something, then you think it is worthy of your time and it is of concern to you. Most parents care what happens to their children, for example, and will protect and help them.
- Real-life examples: Animal lovers care about the safety and treatment of pets. Most citizens care where their tax money goes. The point of giving a person a present is to show that you care about them.
- Used in a sentence: I always watch the news because I care deeply about what is happening in the world.
This sense of care is often used in the negative to mean to think something is unimportant or is unworthy of a person’s attention or concern.
- Used in a sentence: I really don’t care if you throw out that old couch.
As a noun, care refers to caution or an attention to detail, usually when you are trying to not make a mistake or miss something. The adjective careful, meaning cautious, comes from this sense of care. The adjective careless means someone is not using care at all.
- Real-life examples: Surgeons use great care when they slowly and methodically perform surgeries. Drivers should use care when navigating snow and ice on the road. Masters of a craft devote great care to their work and create amazing things.
- Used in a sentence: The house was falling down because the carpenters didn’t devote much care when they built it.
Care is also used to refer to a situation in which someone or something is under the protection and supervision of someone. A patient who is in a doctor’s care, for example, is being watched and tended to by their doctor. The idiom take care of is related to this sense of care. The term healthcare also comes from this sense.
- Real-life examples: Baby bears are under their mother’s care until they can protect themselves. Plants need proper care from gardeners if they are to grow successfully. Most people keep their money in the care of a bank or accountant.
- Used in a sentence: The children were in the teacher’s care during the field trip.
Where does care come from?
The first records of care come from before the 900s. It comes from the Old English noun caru and verb carian. It is related to the Old High German chara, meaning “lament.”
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What are some other forms related to care?
- carer (noun)
- caring (adjective, noun, present tense verb)
- uncaring (adjective)
- noncaring (adjective)
- overcare (noun)
What are some synonyms for care?
What are some words that share a root or word element with care?
What are some words that often get used in discussing care?
How is care used in real life?
Care is a very common word that people use to express whether they do or don’t consider something worth thinking about or being concerned with.
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New guidance: Use care and caution with terms such as disputed election and disputed victory. They require assessing whether the outcome is truly in doubt or unknown, based on reputable sources of information about accuracy and completeness of the vote count. #APStyleChat (1/3)
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If you care about your house, you don’t think about it very much and aren’t concerned about what happens to it.
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What are other ways to say care?
The noun care refers to a state of mind in which one is troubled or anxious about something. How does care compare to concern and worry? Learn more on Thesaurus.com.
How to use care in a sentence
There would be less total health care, less child care, less energy available to households, and less value added in the university sector.Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|September 17, 2020|Freakonomics
The report says a record 765 hospitals and other health care facilities participated in the annual Healthcare Equality Index survey at a time when they faced unprecedented challenges in caring for patients in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.HRC examines hospital policies, impact of COVID on LGBTQ people|Lou Chibbaro Jr.|September 16, 2020|Washington Blade
Those who say health care is their single top issue back Biden 77 percent to 19 percent.Post-ABC Wisconsin poll shows Biden holding narrow edge over Trump|Dan Balz, Emily Guskin|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Regulators and health care leaders, backed up by political leaders, must take the lead in building public confidence in the integrity of the entire vaccine development and distribution process.6 questions that must be answered in the race for a vaccine|jakemeth|September 15, 2020|Fortune
Feigenholtz said she wants the agency to establish benchmarks on moving the children out of the hospitals and increasing specialized foster care, then report back to legislators.Still No Answers to Lawmakers’ Questions About Children Stuck in Psychiatric Hospitals|by Duaa Eldeib|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
Placed in drinking water, fluoride can serve people who otherwise have poor access to dental care.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers|Michael Schulson|July 27, 2016|DAILY BEAST
He has wild swings between trying not to care about Lana and the baby, and being completely obsessed by it.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Who among Scalise's constituents could possibly care if he supported naming a post office for a black judge who died in 1988?The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence|Jason Berry|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Haringey Council told The Daily Beast that the children had not been taken permanently into state care.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis|Nico Hines|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In these regions, men are now doing between 30 and 45 percent of the care work.How Good Dads Can Change the World|Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I do not care very much how you censor or select the reading and talking and thinking of the schoolboy or schoolgirl.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
And this summer it seemed to her that she never would be able to take proper care of her nestful of children.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
Polavieja, as everybody knew, was the chosen executive of the friars, whose only care was to secure their own position.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
On this account, great care should be taken to provide well-drained positions.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
You never cared—you were too proud to care; and when I spoke to you about my fault, you did n't even know what I meant.Confidence|Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for care (1 of 2)
Word Origin for care
British Dictionary definitions for care (2 of 2)
Other Idioms and Phrases with care
In addition to the idiom beginning with care
- care package
- couldn't care less
- for all (I care)
- in care of
- in charge (the care of)
- take care
- take care of
- tender loving care
- that's (takes care of) that